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'Sadma' director Balu Mahendra passes away

Tamil cinema's auteur Balu Mahendra dead
By Indo-Asian News Service
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 09:02:24 GMT
 

'Sadma' director Balu Mahendra passes away
Tamil cinema has lost a great filmmaker with the death of the talented Balu Mahendra.

Prolific filmmaker Balu Mahendra, known for inspiring the audience with his visually uplifting films for over three decades, passed away following a heart attack here Thursday. He was 74.

Balu breathed his last at the Vijaya Hospital.

Born as Benjamin Mahendran on May 20, 1939, in Sri Lanka, Balu Mahendra had a fascination for photography since he was very young.

With a flair for capturing images, Balu started his career as a cinematographer and landed his big break in 1974 Malayalam film "Nellu".

He went on to work as cinematographer in several award winning films such as "Prayanam", "Mullum Malarum" and "Sankarabharanam".

He also won two National Awards for cinematography.

In 1977, Balu Mahendra wielded the megaphone for the Kannada romantic-drama "Kokila", which was also written by him. The film won the Karnataka State Award for the best screenplay.

He directed films in all the four southern languages - Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu.

In the Tamil film world, Balu was regarded for "Moondram Pirai", which he later directed in Hindi as "Sadma" with Kamal Haasan and Sridevi. His other Hindi directorial was "Aur Ek Prem Kahani".

He directed one film each in Kannada and Telugu "Kokila" and "Nireekshana", respectively.

His Malayalam directorial films include "Olangal", which was later adapted to Hindi as "Masoom" by Shekhar Kapur, "Oomakkuyil" and "Yathra".

As a director, Balu Mahendra pocketed three National Awards.

Balu Mahendra was one of the finest cinematographers of Indian cinema. Many years ago, Subrata Mitra, cinematographer of Satyajit Ray's films, presented a viewfinder to Balu Mahendra for his talent.

His legacy continues in Tamil cinema in the form of his pupils. Incidentally, most of his filmmaker students such as Bala Pazhanisaamy, Vetrimaaran, and Ameer Sultan had won the National Awards for their films.

Balu Mahendra's last Tamil directorial "Thalaimuraigal" was a befitting farewell to his illustrious career. The film was not a box office winner but was lauded by critics.

Balu Mahendra's unfulfilled wish was the archiving of Tamil films.

In a casual interaction with IANS during the premiere of his last film, he said: "So many rare Tamil films couldn't be restored. You can't make such films again. I wish to see that we take up archiving seriously and restore as many films as possible."

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